It’s a gruesome sight. Striped bass are turning up dead, floating in Lake Hartwell by the hundreds every day. Residents think the dead fish number over 500 and they are not sure how many are on the bottom dead.
The federal government and the bass fishermen are reporting the water temperature on the lake is 80 degrees
Christine Scarpellie reporter and Lake Hartwell fisherman wonders why the Corps released the warm water through the dam when it could have run the excess water over the dam and keeping the water temperature colder as needed for the stripers. The water temperature is 80 degrees at depths of one-hundred feet.
The full lake levels and moving water through the lake for extended periods of time have some anglers catching stressed fish this summer. Lanier anglers are reporting the same scene. The fish can’t find decent pockets of oxygenated water and it leaves them stranded in the water to die. It just goes to show how sensitive and fragile the fish are to the warmer temperatures.
The Army Corps of Engineers report water was released from the dam but it was taken from the bottom of the lake leaving warmer water to replace what was taken out. As the day went on more dead fish surfaced. The few degrees in temperature change made a big difference to their habitat and they cannot survive. The Corps reports the water is safe for people and the fish they catch alive are safe for the keeping.
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